City fan’s dream job

Ryan lands role at Eti­had:

Stockport Times East - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS SLATER chris.slater@men­ @chriss­laterMEN

ALIFE­LONG Manch­ester City fan and ja c k- of- a ll - t ra des has landed the job of his dreams - as a care­taker at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

Ryan Doxey, 21, from Stock­port, has se­vere learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and can­not talk.

He can hear and un­der­stand most of what is said but uses a com­bi­na­tion of sign lan­guage, vis­ual sym­bols and an iPad to com­mu­ni­cate with oth­ers.

He also has nu­mer­acy skills and can use a com­puter to copy type, read and fol­low in­struc­tions.

He is cur­rently study­ing at col­lege and he has been given a huge help­ing hand af­ter land­ing a dream place­ment at his beloved City.

Ryan is hop­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence with the Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons will help him land a per­ma­nent job.

He has pre­vi­ously worked at the Tat­ton Park es­tate in Knutsford, help­ing with ground main­te­nance.

Ryan is also a vol­un­teer at Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal, where he serves drinks on the wards one morn­ing a week, and re­cently started an­other place­ment with Sodexo in the café at As­tra Zeneca in Alder­ley Edge.

He can now add care­tak­ing and clean­ing at the Blues’ home in Beswick to his grow­ing CV af­ter bosses handed him the four-month con­tract.

Mike Green, head of City in the Com­mu­nity, said: “Manch­ester City be­lieves work ex­pe­ri­ence is a vi­tal part of ev­ery young per­son’s life and City in the Com­mu­nity are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing Ryan into the team.”

Ryan is a stu­dent at the Seashell Trust-run Royal Col­lege Manch­ester, a char- ity that ed­u­cates and cares for young peo­ple with com­plex dis­abil­i­ties.

Mar­ian Fahy, work ex­pe­ri­ence co-or­di­na­tor at Sea- shell Trust in Chea­dle Hulme, said: “Ryan is a keen City fan, al­ways has been.

“We are hop­ing to sup­port Ryan, a fi­nal year stu­dent, into paid em­ploy- ment.

“Ryan is hop­ing to move to his own house, gain paid and vol­un­tary work with leisure ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Bernie White, direc­tor of ed­u­ca­tion at the col­lege, said: “When stu­dents leave, we want to them have as in­de­pen­dent a life as pos­si­ble.

“Ryan has demon­strated that he has a lot to of­fer in

Ryan Doxey at work at Manch­ester City through the City in the Com­mu­nity scheme

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